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Over two tonnes of cocaine seized off Scotland

Aberdeen - Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday.

Eccentrics camp out in London to await royal birth

London - Camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London, eccentrics decked out from head to toe in Union Jack colours are counting down to the latest addition to Britain's royal family.

Disengaged or disillusioned: Millions opt out of UK vote

Manchester - Inside the Paradise Mini-Mart, older residents of Manchester's notorious Moss Side district are taking a young man to task for his refusal to vote in next month's British election.

Leaders stick to script in 'dreadful' British election campaign

London - Just a dozen pupils and a few journalists were allowed to witness British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to a London school this week.

Leaders pay tribute to Gallipoli fallen on centenary

- Turkey and the former World War I Commonwealth foes of the Ottoman Empire on Friday joined together to honour the tens of thousands killed at the Battle of Gallipoli 100 years ago in one of the most futile yet emblematic campaigns of the conflict.

'Flash Crash' trader to appear in London court

London - A British trader accused of contributing to a US stock market crash and fraudulently making $40 million in high-frequency trading from his modest London home was due to appear in court on Wednesday.

Britain's swing seats fed up with election onslaught

London - People living in Britain's key swing constituencies have suffered blizzards of leaflets and armies of political canvassers vying for their vote ahead of a knife-edge election on May 7.

World leaders remember fallen of Gallipoli in Turkey

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday hosts world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli, nine months of remorseless slaughter that achieved nothing on the ground but helped forge national identity in societies up to the present day.

Britain's highest court to hear Malaysia massacre case

London - Relatives of 24 rubber-plantation workers killed in Malaysia in 1948 by British troops will press their decades-old demand for a public inquiry in Britain's highest court on Wednesday, lawyers said.

British PM under fire over rise in food bank users

London - Britain's opposition centre-left Labour urged Prime Minister David Cameron to address low pay on Wednesday after a charity revealed more than one million people were reliant on food banks in the past year.

Another Australian charged with terror-related offences

Sydney - Australian police on Tuesday charged a second man with terrorism-related offences, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged the public not to be deterred by fears of an alleged plot inspired by Islamic State.

Six tourists, pilot killed in Dom. Republic plane crash

Santo Domingo - Six tourists from Britain and Spain and their local pilot were killed Monday when their small plane crashed into a golf course after takeoff from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Eyeing power, SNP launches British election manifesto

Edinburgh - The pro-independence Scottish National Party offered a "hand of friendship" Monday to voters across Britain, offering reassurance about the key role it could play in government after May's tight election.

UK police arrest boy, 14, over Australia IS attack 'plot'

Manchester - Police in Britain said Monday they have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an alleged Islamic State-inspired attack plan in Australia.

Collapsed bribery cases boost UK's vilified press

London - Vilified for their dark arts since the phone-hacking scandal, Britain's popular press won a victory this week after prosecutors acknowledged that the long-held practice of paying sources for stories was legitimate.

Bloodbath of the leaders at UK general election?

London - The knives are already being sharpened for the leaders of Britain's political parties, several of whom could see their careers brought to a brutal end if they fail to deliver at the May 7 election.

Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil

London - Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain.

A very exclusive coffee kick on St Helena island

Jamestown - Most coffee snobs can only dream of sipping on a brew made from Saint Helena beans.

British newspaper baron gifts anti-EU UKIP £1 million

London - British media baron Richard Desmond gifted the anti-European Union UK Independence Party £1 million ($1.5 million, 1.4 million euros) weeks from one of the tightest elections in decades, his newspaper announced Friday.

Assange agrees to be questioned in London: Lawyer

Stockholm - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, his Swedish lawyer Thomas Olsson said on Thursday.

Journalists start royal baby countdown in Britain

London - The world's media started counting down Thursday to the arrival of Britain's royal baby when a press pen was erected outside the hospital where Prince William's wife Kate is due to give birth.

Welsh separatists hope to swing British election

London - They may only win a handful of seats at next month's general election, but the Welsh nationalists could find themselves propelled from relative obscurity to influence across Britain.

Queen's staff vote for industrial action

London - Staff at one of Queen Elizabeth II's homes, Windsor Castle, have voted in favour of industrial action over pay, the first ever by royal staff, a trade union said Wednesday.

Power to the North pledge dangled ahead of UK vote

Manchester - The cranes on the skyline of Manchester reflect a boom under way in this former industrial hub in northern England that is leading the charge to wrest greater local powers from London.

French town pays Brits after death from falling 'Napoleon' tree

La Rochelle - A French seaside resort has paid out more than 100,000 euros to compensate a British family after a 62-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree planted in honour of Napoleon's son.

Toddler Prince George prepares to share the spotlight

London - After 21 blissful months of one-on-one care, world media attention and carefree splashing in the Buckingham Palace pool, Prince George is facing a spot of upheaval in his gilded life -- a sibling.

'Blood rain' falls on Britain

"Blood rain" is forecast to fall on Britain Friday night, as sand from the Sahara sweeps north from Africa to blanket parts of the island.

Nationalist landslide in Scotland holds key to UK vote

Edinburgh - Scottish nationalists are preparing for landslide election gains at the expense of Labour next month but also holding out the offer of a pact that could put the centre-left party in power.

'Queen of Scots' Sturgeon could be UK election kingmaker

London - Steely and polished, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon could decide who is Britain's prime minister after May's election thanks to an extraordinary surge in support for her party.

HSBC says facing French criminal probe over 'SwissLeaks'

London - British banking giant HSBC said Thursday it is facing a French criminal probe over its Swiss private banking arm, weeks after "SwissLeaks" allegations it had helped clients hide billions from the taxman.
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